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Case Study: On the Trail

The first of many new recreation trails in the Moosehead Region of Maine opened in August of 2015 before a crowd of more than 50 dignitaries, project partners and hikers who then headed up the Number Four Mountain trail on a guided hike. The opening ceremony — which included representatives from the state’s Bureau of Parks and Lands; Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC); Maine Conservation Corps; Moosehead Trails Planning Committee; and Weyerhaeuser — celebrated work done in 2014 and 2015 to redesign the trail and improve it with bog bridges and stone stairs where needed as well as new signage. The new Number Four Mountain trail is nearly two miles long and uses some of the 120 acres of trail easement provided for in the company’s Concept Plan for the region. 

Trailhead improvements and a newly constructed trail to a viewpoint known as Eagle Rock also were completed last year. Other trails are being mapped to complete the trail network; plus a half-mile’s worth of canoe portage trails along the Moose River are currently in the works to enhance recreation associated with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. These also make use of the Weyerhaeuser easement. While Weyerhaeuser provides much of the land for the trail network, the labor for the Number Four Mountain trail was provided by Maine Conservation Corps and AMC trail crews.

 

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